Service of Process and Taking of Evidence Abroad:

The Impact of “Electronic Means” on the
Operation of the Hague Conventions

An Event to Celebrate
the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Hague Service Convention and
the 45th Anniversary of the 1970 Hague Evidence Convention

Monday, November 2, 2015
Gewirz Center 12th floor
Center for Transnational Business and the Law
Institute for International Economic Law
Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington D.C.




Welcoming Remarks: Dean William Treanor, Georgetown Law

Opening Presentation: HCCH Secretary General Christophe Bernasconi

Panel 1:  “How We Got Where We Are:  The Conventions in Theory and Practice”

Moderator:  Peter Trooboff ( Covington and Burling LLP)

      • Theodore J. Folkman (Murphy & King, Boston)
      • Louise Ellen Teitz ( Roger Williams School of Law, Rhode Island)         
      • Mathieu Chardon (Huissier, International Union of Judicial Officers UIHJ)
      • Alejandro Manevich (Ricketts, Harris LLP, Toronto)



Panel 2:  “The Central Authorities: What’s Working and What’s Not”

Moderator: Glenn P. Hendrix (Arnall Golden Gregory LLP)

      • Jeanne E. Davidson, Director, U.S. DOJ/Office of International Judicial Assistance
      • Sandra Elisa Hernández Ortiz, General Director, Legal Affairs Office, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs
      • Kathryn J. Sabo, Canada DFAIT
      • Senior Master Barbara Fontaine, UK Ministry of Justice

            Open Discussion/Questions and Answers


- Keynote Speaker: Hon. Rimsky Yeun, Hong Kong Secretary of Justice

Panel 3:  “Civilians and Common Lawyers Deal With The Conventions”

Moderator: Mark N. Bravin ( Winston & Strawn, D.C.)

      • Alexander B. Blumrosen (Bernard-Hertz-Béjot, Paris)
      • Roland Portmann (Legal Counsel, Embassy of Switzerland Washington)
      • David W. Bowker ( WilmerHale, D.C.)
      • Arnaud Nuyts (Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick, Brussels)


Panel 4:  “What’s Coming Next? Critical Challenges Facing The Conventions”

Moderator:  Christophe Bernasconi (Secretary General, Hague Conference)

      • Charles T. Kotuby, Jr. (Jones Day D.C.)
      • Ms. Noelle Lenoir, Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, Paris
      • Judge Michael M. Baylson,U.S. District Court (E.D. Pa.)


Open Discussion/Questions and Answers


5:30     Reception at Jones Day, 51 Louisiana Avenue, N.W. (a short walk from the Law Center)


The conference will be held on the campus of Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington D.C., on the 12th floor of the Gewirz Building. 

The Law Center is within easy walking distance of Union Station and the Judiciary Square Metro Station (Red Line).  Commercial parking is available in the area.

No fee for attendance but pre-registration is encouraged.  To register on-line, please go to:

Reduced rates for attendees are available at nearby hotels.  Information is available here:

This event is co-sponsored by the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the American Branch of the International Law Association, the American Society of International Law, the ABA Section of International Law and the International Law Institute.




Center on Transnational Business and the Law, Georgetown University Law Center


Contributing Co-Sponsors

 covington-Burling  jones-day  winston-strawn


Non-Contributing Co-sponsors


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